- While filming an episode of Angry Planet
in Australia, we were embedded with the fire management team
from the Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources
in Adelaide. It just so happens that the day we were with them,
a significant fire broke out.... The worst fire in Australia
in 30 years!! What timing!
The fire weather had been "extreme" to "catastrophic"
in parts of the Adelaide Hills where we were, and when the fire
started, the teams were quick to pounce on it and put it out.
Unfortunately, embers jumped a valley and the fire spread out
of control. We were so close that we got water-bombed with fire-gel
numerous times, I melted the stitching on my boots and my camera
strap started to melt. At one point we dashed ahead of the fire
as it was racing up a hill. We turned around and watched at close
range as it engulfed the ridge, jumped the road and kept on burning.
The fire burned for a week. More than 20,000 hectares (49,000
acres) were burned, 27 houses & 140 outbuildings were destroyed.
134 people were injured (mostly firefighters) but luckily, nobody
was killed in the blaze.
- Learn more about the fire here.